Activist D.A. King: Obama taking both sides on immigration
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
October 21, 2011 10:16 PM | 4120 views | 18 18 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Immigration activist D.A. King is accusing President Barack Obama of taking both sides of the immigration issue, but federal immigration officials dispute his claims.

King, president of Marietta-based pro-immigration enforcement group the Dustin Inman Society, points to recently released U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement figures that claims the U.S. deported a record 396,906 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2011. An ICE news release said the record is in line with the Obama administration’s focus on identifying and removing illegal immigrants who have broken laws, threaten national security, are recent border crossers, are repeat immigration law violators or immigration court fugitives.

King said this is an example of Obama trying to portray himself as tough on illegal immigration.

“President Obama desperately needs to create an image of enthusiastic immigration enforcer,” King said.

But when he is dealing with Hispanic voters, Obama turns the focus elsewhere, King said. He points to an account of an online roundtable hosted by Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost Latino Voices, in which Obama distanced himself from the ICE figures, saying they were “a little deceptive,” according to a Yahoo! Story about the event.

Obama said the numbers could be misleading because they included apprehensions made at the border, not just illegal immigrants taken into custody inside the United States, according to the online story.

But King said it is Obama who has moved away from past reporting methods and instead had the Department of Homeland Security combine the statistics. He points to Customs and Border Protection statistics that show border apprehensions exceeding 1 million in 2004 and 2005.

“The President of the United States is pulling a fast one on the American public with the assistance of the media,” he said. “These are nowhere near record numbers.”

But ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said the numbers the agency released only include apprehensions made within the United States. Immigrants caught at the border are calculated by the border patrol, she said.

While she said the agency did make a change in 2007 that started counting people who are deported voluntarily in its figures, that happened while George W. Bush was still president.

“There has never been any change related to how we count removals from one administration to the next,” she said.

A voluntary deportation means the subject faces no penalty for returning to the U.S. because they were never formally charged

ICE statistics do show jumps in deportation numbers in the years after voluntary removals were counted. In fiscal year 2006, the agency removed 207,776 illegal immigrants. That increased to 291,060 in 2007, 369,221 in 2008 and has continued to rise every year since.

Michael Opitz, founder of the Marietta-based Madison Forum, points to a news release from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which accuses Obama of “cooking the books” and enacting “amnesty through inaction” by including voluntary removals of immigrants.

In 2010, 64,000 of the claimed of the 392,862 illegal immigrants removed from the United States were voluntary, Jessica Baker, spokeswoman for the Republican staff of the Judiciary Committee, said in an e-mail.

“A single alien can show up at the border and be voluntarily returned numerous times in a single year — and counted each time as a removal,” she wrote.

Opitz said he feels someone needs to look into the claims.

“Somebody is not telling the truth,” he said. “And that’s all the more reason for an investigation.”
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northern engineer
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October 26, 2011
There should be at least one honest man in every state addressing immigration. Georgia is lucky to have King.
Maria L
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October 24, 2011
NO SUCH THING AS "LEGAL CITIZEN!" One is either a citizen or not. YES there are legal and illegal aliens - I am legal alien soon to be a citizen!. PLEASE STOP SAYING LEGAL CITIZEN!

Thank you Mr. King!
sickofthieves
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October 24, 2011
Hey btn and Rich...thank heavens for DA King!! He is one of the few who gives us the dirty truth. He is a wealth of information and we are so lucky to have him fighting like heck for us.

'US'?! That's 'US' as in LEGAL citizens.

Do you know that people are sick to death of the freebies that the illegals are getting. We are SICK TO DEATH!! I have gone from feeling a hint of compassion for them to now having nothing but contempt at how they are sucking the life force out of us. These services should be reserved for American citizens who need them, not for illegals who are laughing behind our backs at how stupid the US Government is for letting them get handouts at every turn.

I wish we'd hear more from those who went through the proper procedure to become a legal US citizen. They must be so insulted to see others sneak and steal.

I will be checking very carefully during the next election as to who is going to do something about this free-flowing slush fund that is given to illegals. I will only vote for the candidate who is willing to secure our borders.

Thank you so much, Mr. King. You are so valuable to us and I appreciate all that you do.
Dustoff
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October 23, 2011
Oh yeah and you all forgot that Obama's aunt who was order to leave because she was here illegally finally got to stay and she has been living in a section 8 apt. for every year she has been here.
BTRR
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October 23, 2011
Hey DA, why don't you clear this up by posting a data table that lists the figures, by category, by year, for several years.

Or, MDJ, why don't you do this?
USAKing reader
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October 22, 2011
King put out a press release daring the national press to take a look at this. It's on his website blog. He sent it out to his list of subscribers too. Using Google, the only news story asking questions I see is this one.

If you are waiting for an AJC, AP or network TV report, don't hold your breath. The numbers don't match up. It is plainly another Obama lie, so it will be ignored. What a joke.

Prediction: King will be attacked for bringing it up and sooner or later it will be "racist and hateful" to challenge the same president who put an administrative amnesty in place and has ended workplace raids to rout the illegals.

The sound we can't hear? Any of the Georgia congressmen or Johnny Isakson/Saxby Chambliss so much as askng a question. Washington DC is now a sanctuary city for illegals. When do they start voting?

THANK YOU MDJ!
Mexicano Proud
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October 22, 2011
I would like to have a personal Cruzade against the people that disturbed my own neoghborhood! MDJ please be tolerant..

csh
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October 22, 2011
This seems more like an editorial that only reports one side instead of opposing viewpoints. This should be in the op-ed section, not the news section. News reports on events without bias, while this piece is obviously biased. I count four sentences explaining one side and the rest of the article covering the other. As an ex-journalist I find this to be an offense to responsible journalism. This is yellow journalism at its finest. Hearst would be so proud.
misterbill
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October 22, 2011
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In my previous post, I forgot to mention that this issue is a news issue. It has a reporter for the MDJ,Geoff Folsom, reporting D A King's statements and statements from an ICE spokesperson, Danielle Bennett as well as input from Michael Opitz, Lamar Smith, and Jessica Baker..

So-- two or three points of view , presented in a short news article, and this, to you, is an opinion piece?

"Instead you are giving Mr. King's political opinions a news story treatement, when there is no context. Were his comments made at an immigration forum that was covered by the paper?"

So, I gather you do not like the part that D A King said, thus you decide it is an opinion piece.

misterbill
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October 22, 2011
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Your challenge to the MDJ on the issue of where in its paper it publishes the input from an expert on matters of illegal immigration is a straw dog attempt, an Alinsky technique, to turn the readers from the true issues of illegal immigration and our President, to try to divert them to wonder about how the MDJ places its articles.

With me, it doesn't work. Instead I wonder if you are a member of GALEO or La Raza. Why do you challenge MDJ instead of D A King?? Perhaps, because D A King would expose your true intent as he has many other proponents of illegal immigration.

The economy in America is in deep trouble. Illegal immigration is a major contributor to that problem. The President, who bows to Saudi rulers and others is either a member of the destroy America economically group or a complete naif who, in either case should never be our leader. Nor should people like you who oppose those who are helping America.
anonymous
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October 22, 2011
btn - but it is news when that comic Rich Pellegrino mumbles some threat to help starve another person in the name of "immigrant rights" or calls the sheriff racist for enforceing the law...right?

BTW, what ever happened on the hunger strike? hahahahahahaha

The way I hear it, Kng has never been paid a dime for writing here. He should be.
what he said not
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October 22, 2011
Responsible journalism demands thsi be addressed. Too bad it was only King - again - who knows enough to bring it up. As proof this is responsible journalism, you will never see it in the liberal open borders organ - the AJC.
HOLY COW!
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October 22, 2011
Here is Obama's entire quote from the Washington Times :Facing that charge, Mr. Obama last week, in a round table with Hispanic reporters, said the deportation numbers were artificially high because they include those caught at the border, thanks to enhanced border enforcement.

“The statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is, with the stronger border enforcement, we’ve been apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours, sent back — that’s counted as a deportation,” he said.

It was news in Washington and it is news here - but news many don't want to hear. Many thanks to the paper and to King for alerting us to the president disputing the president.

I agree with Michael Opitz. WHY DO I NOT READ THAT THE ENTIRE GA GOP DELEGATIN HAS DEMANDED AN INVESTIGATION?

Pat H
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October 22, 2011
Illegal immigration and amnesty efforts are all about voters for the Democrats and cheap slave labor for Republicans. With the unemployment rate in the US and the fact that Mexico actually needs workers, this is beyond shameful to try to pander to the open borders crazies who profit off the backs of these criminal slave laborers.

If you care about our country and the future of your children, you will see these efforts as contemptible.
anonymous
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October 22, 2011
Golly, who to believe, the pandering Obama who has already said illegals that have not yet been arrested for murder or rape can stay, or D.A. King who knows more about this issue that most anyone.

Obama must go. How long to the election?!
btn
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October 22, 2011
I do not understand how this qualifies as news.

Your paper gives Mr. King a free outlet for his own opinions in a column, in which this topic could easily have been covered.

Instead you are giving Mr. King's political opinions a news story treatement, when there is no context. Were his comments made at an immigration forum that was covered by the paper?

I am rather certain that a reporter for your paper going to one of your columnists and asking them what they think of political issues belongs in the opinion/editorial section of the paper.

The MDJ is certainly allowed to have its own editorial views on issues, all papers do. When you start parading your own political views as news, that is when you cross the line of responsible journalism.
A joke
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October 22, 2011
The issue is plain and simple. It does not matter how many people are deported every day because they can return any time they choose. I have several parents of students whom have been deported. EVERY one of them has come back within three months. They are wasting our money and deceiving the public by creating a notion these people are gone for good. Until congress agrees to build a fence along the entire border, nothing will improve. Deport them all day long is equating to wasting our money!
wigglwagon
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October 22, 2011
Obama and the Democratic Party could care less about America's blue collar workers whose jobs are stolen by illegal aliens. Come November of '12, we will find out if they have been able to get more illegals and their proponents in the voting booth than there are blue collar citizen voters.

The Democratic Party spent 50 years fighting to protect America's working people from the insatiable greed of employers. What used to be the Democratic Party has spent the last 30 years helping employers satisfy that greed by supporting free trade and illegal immigration. American business no longer prospers because they have driven down the wages of their own customers.
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